When I meet people at a networking event, I revert to a list of questions I’ve memorized. The questions are a little less cliché than whats your business?. Typically, it’s about the event or something of the sort. Since many people are more comfortable answering a question rather than starting a conversation, guess what? A conversation ensues. This technique often gives me the opportunity to learn more about the people I meet.
This, in turn, makes it easier for me to connect the people I meet with people in my network. And we all know that giving is the key to receiving in networking. Okay, so maybe youre not a former reporter. It doesnt prevent you from creating a list of questions to have for when you go to events. Fortunately, networking is much more about what happens outside networking events. And that’s where introverts can be very successful if you choose to be.
Contributors: Steven V. Dubin from My Pinnacle Network